Pothashang News Service
Imphal, January 18, 2018 : Three artistes from Manipur received Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards from president Ram Nath Kovind in the award presentation ceremony held Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.
Ningthoujam Shyamchand (Nata Sankritana music), Oinam Biramangol Singh (Acting, theatre) and Maisnam Kaminikumar (Manipuri Dance) were the Sangeet Natak Akademi awardees from Manipur.
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships (Akademi Ratna) and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said art connects people with culture. It also links people. While singing or listening to the national anthem, every citizen rises above his/her personal aspirations. Artists should use this power of art in the interest of our society and country.
The President appreciated the Sangeet Natak Akademi for honouring artists who in the field of tribal music, dance, theatre and traditional folk arts. He said these folk arts have kept the traditions of our country alive.
The Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Fellowships and Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards are recognised as among the most coveted national honours bestowed on performing artists as well as teachers and scholars of performing arts, said a press release from ministry of culture.